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Friday, 28th July | Saturday, 29th July | Sunday, 30th July

Friday, 28th July

Locals Debate: There is no justice any more

Team Captains: Ray Nichols & Scotty McAllester

Venue: Mech Hall
Time: 7-9pm, Friday, 28th July
Price: $10 + booking fee
Buy tickets here

Friday, 28th July | Saturday, 29th July | Sunday, 30th July

Saturday, 29th July

Roomers Around Town

Writers from Roomers magazine will be giving spoken word performances at various times along the main drag and down at the Harbour. They will be appearing at the awards presentation for the Children & Youth categories of the ABWF 2017 Writing Competition.

Venue: Great Ocean Road shops and Apollo Bay Harbour
Time: Various
Price: FREE

Children & Youth Category Writing Competition Awards

Isobelle Carmody will announce the winners of the Children’s and Youth’s categories for the ABWF 2017 Writing Competition.

Venue: Foreshore Market (weather permitting)
Time: 9:45am, Saturday, 29th July
Price: FREE

Isobelle Carmody Reads

Isobelle will read from her new book, The Ice Maze, which is the third book in The Kingdom of Lost series.

Venue: Apollo Bay Library, 6 Pengilley Ave
Time: 10:30am, Saturday, 29th July
Price: FREE

Isobelle Carmody Book Signing

Isobelle will be appearing at Galapagos Book Store to sign her books.

Venue: Galapagos Book Store, 77 Great Ocean Rd
Time: 11:30am, Saturday, 29th July
Price: Free

The Saturday Sit-in

Including: keynote address by Clementine Ford; Michael Leunig in-conversation; and Q&A Discussion panel with Clementine Ford, Arnold Zable, Alice Pung, Charlie Ward, and desh Balasubramaniam talk about writing for social justice.

Venue: Mech Hall
Time: 1pm-8:30pm, Saturday, 29th July
Price: $80 + booking fee
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Friday, 28th July | Saturday, 29th July | Sunday, 30th July

Sunday, 30th July

Sunday Soldiers

Including: Refugee Voices with desh Balasubramaniam, Paheer Para and Alison Corke; Warm Winter Words with Clementine Ford, Susan Carland and Charlie Ward; Les Twentyman and Arnold Zable in-conversation; and Spoken Word Open Mic hosted by Emilie Zoey Baker.

Venue: Mech Hall
Time: 11am-9pm, Sunday, 30th July
Price: $60 + booking fee
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Writing Social Justice (Writers Victoria workshop)

Story has the power to humanise, and to create empathy. A well-crafted story takes the reader into other worlds, whether your own or that of others. Presented by Arnold Zable, the workshop will explore the art of story across genres, and will include discussion, writing exercises, feedback on your projects. Presented in association with Apollo Bay Arts Inc. and the Grace Marion Wilson Trust.

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Venue: TBA (Apollo Bay)
Time: 10am-4pm, Sunday, 30th July
Tickets: via Writers Victoria see website for full details

Annual Art Show Committee has re-established for the 2017-18 Show with a revised format

The annual Apollo Bay Art Show is held at the height of the summer tourist season and showcases the work/s of both local and regional artists. The Show is run by Apollo Bay Arts Inc who  re-invests proceeds into a variety of arts projects in the community.

The Shows’ success is supported by many volunteers, Arts Inc & Art Show Committees and has re-visited the roles to create 5 Honorarium positions.

We meet monthly on the 3rd Monday at the Neighbourhood House in Apollo Bay from 7pm

Please email, attn.: Maryanne for more details

Visit for more information on the Arts Inc Gallery.

90 Stitches by Jo Maxwell

Queen’s birthday weekend – June 11, 12 & 13, 2016

Textile artist Jo Maxwell loves nothing more than the challenge of transforming an idea or a basic sketch into a 3D creation to adorn the homes of local and international clients.

Don’t miss the chance to catch up with Jo at her forthcoming textile exhibition ‘90 Stitches’ in Apollo Bay over the long weekend in June.

While much of her inspiration comes from her quirky way of seeing the world and, in particular, the people in her life, Jo also turns to the past to find something new. Her fresh approach to traditional embroidery embraces techniques from a range of accumulated skills over a long career in design, dressmaking and more recently in creative surface stitchery.

Jo, who has lived much of her life in country Victoria, brings her love of nature and natural fibres to her creative work.

“I love working with natural products – cotton, silk, timber and I particularly enjoy creating pieces with linen. I like to collect, recycle and renew materials and transform them into my vision.”

For more information contact Jo Maxwell on 04089228 or email

Arts Inc Gallery, 21 Great Ocean Rd (Mechanics Hall) Apollo Bay

House of Nomad – Photographic Portraits

Arts Inc Gallery, 21 Great Ocean Rd (Mechanics Hall) Apollo Bay

Our special Easter show was the HOUSE OF NOMAD exhibition and Tibet fundraiser – An epic photographic journey and collaboration by Evonne Papadopoulos at MILAM Projects and award-winning Melbourne photographer Simon O’Dwyer.

The title of the exhibition ‘House of Nomad’ stems from an environmental project and initiative in Tibet, which sits at the heart of a movement seeking to preserve the traditions and sustainable practices of the Tibetan nomadic lifestyle, and to protect beautiful and unique environment on the Tibetan Plateau.


Life Drawing 2015

An exhibition of life drawings by class participants will be on show at Arts Inc Gallery, Apollo Bay. 11am to 4pm weekends from Sept 5 to 20.

Wednesday evenings 7pm – 9pm.  July 29 to September 2, 2015
St Aidans Church Hall, 25 Nelson St, Apollo Bay
$10 per session. Bring your own drawing materials and equipment
Contact 0401 785550 for more details

Wish You Were Here – Postcard Prize 2014

During the month of May three exhibitions were held across the shire in celebration of the diverse landscapes of our region.  Arts Inc Gallery Apollo Bay showcased coastal images, COPACC – the hinterlands and Red Rock Gallery – lakes and rural life.

Thank you to all who entered. We are happy to announce the Coastal winners for Apollo Bay:

Postcard Prize – Nicola Philp

Junior winner – Oceania Murray McAllester

Wish You Were Here was a collaboration between Creative Otways, Apollo Bay Arts Inc, COPACC and Red Rock Regional Theatre & Gallery. Sponsored by Cape Otway Lightstation, Starprinting & Colac Otway Shire.

Festival events supported by Arts Inc

Apollo Bay Arts Inc is proud to announce our support for the following events at this years 21st Apollo Bay Music Festival, April 26 to 28, 2013:

Painter and poet Scott Felstead presents a preview of his forthcoming book The Keeper, A Viking Epic at Arts Inc Gallery Apollo Bay (Mechanics Hall front room).

Intensely coloured paintings are accompanied by selected verses, and the entire narrative is presented for you to read, peacefully or out loud.

Exhibition dates: Friday April 26 to Sunday May 5, 2013

Opening night: Thursday April 25 at 7pm. All welcome to join the artist for drinks.

Live music and readings over Music Festival weekend. No ticket required.

Also to appear at the Music festival are local ukulele group Otway Ukuholics.

Opening of new Gallery in Apollo Bay

Arts Inc Gallery - 21 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay Arts Inc launched the new Arts Inc Gallery on Saturday November 3, 2012.

The refurbished exhibition space, located in the front room of the town’s iconic heritage hall, has been brought to you by an energetic team of Apollo Bay Arts Inc members.

Thank you to our sponsors: Colac Otway Shire, Apollo Bay Community Bank and The Apollo Bay Mechanics Hall Committee.

See our ‘Local Galleries’ page for more information.